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America's Most Challenging High Schools: Annual Ranking by The Washington Post

America's Most Challenging High Schools: Annual Ranking by The Washington Post | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

America's Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that's a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates.

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3 reasons students should opt out of standardized tests -- and 3 reasons they shouldn’t

3 reasons students should opt out of standardized tests -- and 3 reasons they shouldn’t | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sarah Garland, Hechinger Report

 

Now that spring is finally here, kids cooped up during this particularly brutal winter might be looking forward to enjoying some sunshine. Many will have to control the wiggles a little longer, though. It’s standardized testing season, which means silent hallways, desks arranged in rows, and for many kids, a lot of anxiety until it’s …

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The Science of Memory (and 4 Uncommon Ways to Enhance It)

The Science of Memory (and 4 Uncommon Ways to Enhance It) | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Here's a look into the basics of memory: how it works, what types of memory there are and why our memories aren’t as reliable as we think.

Via Dr Mark Weyers
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Here's an easy to understand explanation of working memory.

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Daniel Goleman on 3 Common Misconceptions About Focus

Daniel Goleman on 3 Common Misconceptions About Focus | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Daniel Goleman, author of Focus, debunks common myths circulating about how we concentrate.

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Why is this Common Core math problem so hard? Supporters respond to quiz that went viral

Why is this Common Core math problem so hard? Supporters respond to quiz that went viral | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sarah Garland, Hechinger Report

 

It may be the first time a math problem has gone viral on the Internet. A frustrated father posted a subtraction problem from his second-grade son’s math quiz on Facebook this week with a note to the teacher calling it ridiculous. Conservative pundits, including Glenn Beck, seized on it as evidence that the new standards …

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Electric ‘thinking cap’ can help you learn faster, better

Electric ‘thinking cap’ can help you learn faster, better | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Robert Reinhart applies the electrical stimulus to subject Laura McClenahan. After 20 minutes the headband is removed and the EEG cap will capture readings of
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Cracks me up, but I'm game.

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Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

A trio of notable writers – Hanna Rosin, Danah Boyd, and Dana Goldstein—focus this week on overprotective parenting. In particular, don’t miss the fun of reading about “The Land,” an awesome new type of playground. [Free-Range Parents 1, Helicopter Parents, 0.] ● This week, in many states, new tests aligned to the common core make their trial run, fanning the flames of controversy over accountability testing and the serious flaws in the new standards. ● Other sticky topics include homework, big data in education, and student data privacy. Get informed! ● Need an alternative to candy crush? Something with a bit more learning nutrition? Check out vocabulary.com’s new app.

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Homework in America

Homework in America | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Tom Loveless, Brookings

 

Part II of the Brown Center Report on American Education finds that the average student is not overburdened by schoolwork and that the homework load has not increased over time.

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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Dana Goldstein, The Atlantic

 

And other insights from a ground- breaking study of how parents impact children’s academic achievement

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Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Something’s happening here. Last week new battle lines over the common core and charter schools were drawn. Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers, announced the union would no longer take money from the Gates Foundation on common core projects. Bill Gates countered, telling teachers to explain to parents the common core’s value. On the charter school front, Diane Ravitch said wealthy philanthropists were destroying public education with their hidden agenda to make money by privatizing education. Bloomberg News answered saying charter schools are not a Trojan horse. Confused? Articles below will get you informed on these policies.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt On Critics Who Say College Isn’t Worth It: “They’re Just Wrong”

Google’s Eric Schmidt On Critics Who Say College Isn’t Worth It: “They’re Just Wrong” | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt took a not-so-subtle swipe at tech critics who say that college is overrated. "There are various people who run around and make..
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“If all you care about is money, you should go to college. If all you care about is culture and creativity, you should go to college. If all you care about is having fun, you should go to college. Go to college. I can’t be any clearer.”

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When it comes to preschool, what actually works?

When it comes to preschool, what actually works? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Kate Taylor, NY Times

 

The study will follow 4,000 children to see if curriculum can create lasting improvement in students’ skills and a likelihood to persevere academically.

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Letter Grades Deserve an 'F'

Letter Grades Deserve an 'F' | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jessica Lahey, The Atlantic

 

The adoption of the Common Core could usher in a new era of standards-based grading.

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Building an Effective School Board

Building an Effective School Board | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Emily Richmond, The Atlantic

 

A new report finds school board members with a background in public education are not better informed than their colleagues.

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Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

A new PISA test topped education news the last few weeks. It tested the general problem-solving skills of students around the world. America’s students rank poorly on international math and language tests. So, policy wonks wonder how the U.S. economy continues to dominate. Could America’s students be better problem-solvers than subject matter test-takers? 

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What does today's technology mean for tomorrow's jobs? How does education fit in?

What does today's technology mean for tomorrow's jobs? How does education fit in? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

"The Future of Employment study makes clear that what matters most today is what you can do with what you know, rather than how much you know."   - Dr. Tony Wagner

What does today's technology mean for tomorrow's jobs and how can we bett...

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20 Study Hacks to Improve Your Memory

20 Study Hacks to Improve Your Memory | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
We’ve scoured our brains and the internet for the best study hacks to help your brain remember information quicker and easier and ultimately help you do better in your exams. 1.

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Hi-tech, lo-tech and no-tech ways to improve your memory and your performance on exams.

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Thousands of parents pull kids from New York tests

Thousands of parents pull kids from New York tests | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by the Associated Press

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. — As most of New York's elementary students take state tests meant to show how they are faring under a heavier academic load, thousands of kids are sitting the tests out under instructions from their parents, who say the state relies so heavily on testing that it's interfering with learning.

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Why a Later School Start Time Improves Teens' Focus and Other Fascinating News on the Web

Why a Later School Start Time Improves Teens' Focus and Other Fascinating News on the Web | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by David Pell, Time

 

You snooze, you win!

 

 

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How does memory work? | The Edynco blog

How does memory work? | The Edynco blog | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

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Tom Perran's curator insight, March 23, 2014 9:32 AM

Interactive learning map that shows how we get and keep new information

David Baker's curator insight, March 24, 2014 3:20 PM

Memory and the interactive modeling of both how it works and how to support memory are topics of interest for teachers.

Connie Hamilton Ed.S.'s curator insight, April 12, 2014 11:54 PM

If we want to help our students to learn efficiently, we should know something about functioning of our memory.

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What’s the ‘Sweet Spot’ of Difficulty For Learning?

What’s the ‘Sweet Spot’ of Difficulty For Learning? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, Mind/Shift

 

Parents and teachers wrestle with all the time: Should we be making learning easier for kids—or harder? The answer, according to research in cognitive science and psychology, is both.

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Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead?

Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Tovia Smith, NPR

 

Education circles are abuzz with a new concept: that resilience and persistence are just as important as intelligence to predicting student success and achievement. But can "grit" actually be taught?

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This NPR story about "grit" is making the rounds.

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To Keep Teenagers Alert, Schools Let Them Sleep In

To Keep Teenagers Alert, Schools Let Them Sleep In | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jan Hoffman, New York Times

 

A movement to start high schools later has gained momentum, bolstered by a growing body of research on the adolescent body clock.

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Why It’s Imperative to Teach Students How to Question as the Ultimate Survival Skill

Why It’s Imperative to Teach Students How to Question as the Ultimate Survival Skill | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Warren Burger, Mind/Shift

 

Are our schools doing a good job of preparing students for a world where questioning is a survival skill?

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5 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew: Your Children Can Do More Than You Think

5 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew: Your Children Can Do More Than You Think | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jessica Lahey, New York Times

 

Teachers have a different perspective on our children — one that can help us to see them differently. They’re capable individuals, they don’t need constant feedback, and they’re learning from what we do (not what we say).

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"1. Your kids can do much more than you think they can do." 

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